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FANFAIRE celebrates PLACIDO DOMINGO
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PLÁCIDO DOMINGO ON ZARZUELA

There is perhaps no better person to talk about ZARZUELA than Domingo. It is an art form very dear to his heart. Indeed to say that it is embedded in his DNA is no exaggeration. He was born to parents who were among the most famous zarzuela singers in their time, their zarzuela company literally the world of his childhood and formative years.

Onstage, backstage, in the orchestra pit – he worked them all even then. Listening to him tell his story with his charmingly accented diction and graceful gesticulation, one instantly ceases to wonder from whence sprang his inimitable artistry, innumerable talents, and boundless energy.

As he tells it in in the above video, zarzuela is what made Plácido Domingo the great artist he is today and why Luisa Fernanda is a fitting icon for the story of his life. You’ll find it to be a delightful way to learn about the art form.

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NOTES:
1. Music clip: “No puede ser” – a song in the style of zarzuela, sung by tenor David Lomeli, with piano accompaniment by Nino Sanikidze. Both artists are participants in LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. David Lomeli is the 2006 winner of Operalia, the international vocal competition founded by Plácido Domingo; he sings the roles of Savoyard and Javier Moreno (June 5 performance) in Luisa Fernanda.
2. Terms used by Domingo in this video clip:

“género chico” – a one-act comic zarzuela

“big zarzuela” (or “grande zarzuela”) – a more serious musical play consisting of two or more acts, e.g. Luisa Fernanda
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